Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating the report of a theft of a defibrillator from Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, valued at around £1,000.
The defibrillator was stolen sometime between Monday 15 and Saturday 20 January from the alleyway next to Watson's Grocers in the town's high street.
Constable Lee Smith, said, "It is beyond belief that someone would steal such a piece of equipment, put into the community with the purpose of saving life."
In a separate incident, a defibrillator was vandalised in Gosforth, Cumbria, between Saturday 20 January and and the early hours of the morning of Sunday 21 January.
One Facebook user posted to the Gosforth & Seascale Matters page about the incident, writing that the contents were ripped open and left on the pavement:
Police investigating the incident in Dumfries and Galloway are asking for anyone with information to call 101, quoting PDG0014650118.